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We can bring literacy professional development to your school or district. Our Center focuses on the work of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in literacy professional development in grades PreK–8. We work with groups of literacy coaches, classroom teachers, and administrators. Graduate credit options are available for selected trainings.

School Leadership and Teams

  • School Leaders Seminar: What Every School Leader Needs to Know About Effective Literacy Teaching and Teacher Leadership (Grades K–6)

    Taught by Irene Fountas and Cindy Downend, this 4–day seminar is designed for school leaders and focuses on the roles of effective teaching, student assessment, coaching, supervision, and improving student achievement in reading and writing. Learn how to use observational tools to examine the classroom environment and understand best teaching practices. Develop a sound foundation of literacy theory, assessment, and practices such as Guided Reading, literature study groups, reading workshop, writing workshop, guided writing, interactive writing, and phonics/word study. You will observe and analyze videotaped teaching, and learn how to use language that supports teacher development.

    Number of Days: 4
    Participant Range: 50–100
    Per Person Fee: $2,250 (includes all books and materials)

  • Literacy Leadership Team Institute (Grades K–2 or 3–8)

    This institute is intended for school administrators and faculty members interested in learning more about working as a leadership team around effective programs as well as schools and districts interested in implementing a research-based model, such as Literacy Collaborative. The institute is separated by grade level—Primary (K–2) or Intermediate/Middle School (3–8).

    Outcomes:

    • Develop a common vision of high quality literacy and learning.
    • Discuss the critical components of effective literacy programs.
    • Learn how to use The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a tool for planning, assessing, and assuring all students meet the competencies of the Common Core Standards.
    • Explore the foundational theory and practices of readers’ workshop, writers’ workshop, and language/word study.
    • Examine the roles of the literacy coach, administrator, and leadership team in developing in-school capacity for teacher development.


    Number of Days: 5
    Team Minimum: 10
    Per Team Fee: $5,500 per team of 6, $800 for each additional team member

Literacy Coaching

  • The Effective Literacy Coach (Grades K-8)

    This intensive (10 days plus 16 hours online) professional development helps you to improve teacher expertise and student achievement in their school. Developed by Irene Fountas and faculty, this training supports literacy coaches in their role. We'll identify the critical attributes of a healthy, professional learning community for adult learners, and how to build it for your school in collaboration with administrators.

    Number of Days: 10 in–person days and eight 2–hour webinars
    Participant Range: 25–50
    Per Person, Noncredit Fee: $2,950 (Graduate credit available with additional fees and assignment)

Literacy Assessment

  • Benchmark Assessment System 1 or 2 (Grades K–2 or 3–8)

    This 2-day offering provides professional development on how to administer, score, and analyze the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 1 or 2. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion, you'll learn how to:

    • Administer, code, and score oral reading behavior
    • Conduct a standardized comprehension conversation
    • Determine independent, instructional, and placement levels for readers using the Fountas and Pinnell A–N or L–Z Text Gradient
    • Analyze a child's reading performance, including reading comprehension, reading rate, and word analysis to assess the reader's current processing system
    • Assess reading fluency using the assessment rubric
    • Determine the instructional implications for whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction using assessment results and The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum
    • Utilize the Online Data Management System for online record keeping


    Number of Days: 2
    Flat Rate: $6,000
    Participant Maximum: 25

Literacy Intervention

  • Leveled Literacy Intervention (Grades K–2): Level A–N/ Orange, Green, and Blue Systems

    During 6 days of training, you are introduced to this supplementary intervention system designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily small-group instruction for struggling readers and writers using the Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems (Heinemann). Primary students in LLI participate in 30–minute, intensive lessons 5 days per week that combine reading, writing, and phonics/word study. LLI K–2 uses specially-created and sequenced set of original children's books, leveled A–N. Teachers use planned lessons that enable them to do highly effective and efficient teaching, resulting in accelerated student progress.

    Teachers need to be teaching and using LLI Systems. You must be able to work with at least 1 group of 3 students, 5 days a week, for 18 weeks, as well as attend all 6 days of training.

    Number of Days: 6
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $2,100 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees and assignment)

  • Leveled Literacy Intervention (Grades 3–12): Level L–Z/ Red, Gold, Purple, and Teal Systems

    In this 6–day training, you will learn rationales and procedures for high-impact lessons that engage students' attention and thinking and help them read increasingly challenging text levels successfully. Three types of lessons—standard, novel, and test preparation—are used at each level to help students improve comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and word solving strategies. Based on the essential elements of effective interventions for older students as described in the effectiveness research, the LLI System (Heinemann) provides a systematic instructional design that helps intermediate, middle school, and secondary students make accelerated progress to meet grade level expectations.

    Teachers need to be teaching and using LLI Systems. To attend this training, you must be able to work with at least 1 group of 3 students, 5 days a week, for 18 weeks, as well as attend all 6 days of training.

    Number of Days: 6
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Fee: $2,100

Teaching Reading and Writing

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum Institute (Grades K–2 or 3–8)

    This institute is divided into 2 days on writing and 2 days on reading. Topics for the reading portion include: observing readers, exploring the development of reading across the grades, analyzing children's reading behaviors, and working with readers through whole-group, small-group, and individualized teaching. We will focus on reading contexts, including interactive read-aloud, shared and modeled reading, reading minilessons, Guided Reading, and literature circles. During the writing portion, we will cover analyzing students' work and supporting students' writing development from emergent to self-extending. We will focus on writing for different purposes and audiences across the year. Activities will include: working with children's writing samples, concrete strategies, models and skills for organizing ideas, writing, revising, and editing for fiction and nonfiction pieces.

    Number of Days: 4
    Participant Range: 50–100
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $695 professional texts not included or $795 professional texts are included

  • Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching (Grades K–2)

    This 5–day course will take an in-depth look at how to use Guided Reading in the K–2 classroom. The course includes how to assess children, select leveled books, group students dynamically, and teach effective Guided Reading lessons in the primary classroom. It also addresses how to design and organize the learning environment to engage students in managed independent learning.

    Number of Days: 5
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $795 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees and assignment)

  • Guided Reading: Differentiating Literacy Instruction (Grades 3–8)

    This 5–day course will build your understanding of the reading process, changes in students' reading development over time, and effective small-group instructional practice. You will learn how to guide students thinking within, about, and beyond the text in the context of small, Guided Reading groups. You will develop an understanding of a gradient of texts and matching books to readers for powerful instruction. The essential elements of Guided Reading instruction will be addressed. The course will help you understand how to assess students, form flexible Guided Reading groups, select appropriate texts, and plan Guided Reading lessons for effective instruction.

    Number of Days: 5
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $795 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees and assignment)

  • Introduction to Genre Study (Grades K–2)

    This 2–day workshop immerses teachers in a 6–step inquiry process for learning how to study genre by using folktales as a genre example. The genre study inquiry process begins with a text set of interactive read alouds and culminates in a series of minilessons that dig deep into key understandings of the genre. After experiencing the process, you will learn how to plan for and teach your students to notice and define the characteristics of any genre through inquiry. Understanding genres will help children become more competent readers who meet and exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Introduction to Genre Study (Grades 3–8)

    This 2–day workshop immerses teachers in a 6–step inquiry process for learning how to study genre by using historical fiction or biography as a genre example. The genre study inquiry process begins with a text set of interactive read alouds and culminates in a series of minilessons that dig deep into key understandings of the genre. After experiencing the process, you will learn how to plan for and teach your students to notice and define the characteristics of any genre through inquiry. Understanding genres will help children become more competent readers who meet and exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Introduction to Teaching in a Readers' Workshop (Grades K–2)

    In this 2–day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers’ workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers learn how to design minilessons using assessment data and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum to meet the needs of their readers. They consider how to design literacy centers (work stations) that support the independent practice of authentic reading, writing, and word study. Other topics include the role of independent reading, writing about reading, and whole group share in providing opportunities for active student engagement.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Introduction to Teaching in a Readers' Workshop (Grades 3–5 or 6–8)

    In this 2–day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers’ workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers learn how to plan minilessons focused on literacy content, strategic actions for processing texts, and classroom management, using The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum and student assessment data. Other topics include conferring in the readers’ workshop, responding to reading through talk and writing, and building a community of active, engaged readers.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Introduction to Teaching in a Writers' Workshop ( Grades K–2)

    This 2–day training is designed for teachers working in grades K–2. The complexities of the writing process as well as the design of the writers' workshop will be addressed. Hands-on activities to investigate the power of whole-class minilessons, individual conferring, and whole-class sharing of writing in supporting young writers in building a writing process will be included.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Introduction to Teaching in a Writers' Workshop (Grades 3–5 or 6–8)

    This 2–day professional development opportunity will introduce to teaching in a writing workshop framework using minilessons to focus on instruction around procedures, the writing process, and the study of craft and conventions. The importance of student-initiated independent writing, conferring, and the use of the writer's notebook as a central tool for the workshop will be included.

    Number of Days: 2
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $6,000

  • Literacy Beginnings: A Prekindergarten Continuum to Guide Teaching (Grades PreK–K)

    This 3–day training will support teachers working in prekindergarten in deepening their understandings around developing a child-centered, language-rich classroom. Topics include: developmentally appropriate practice, the role of dramatic play, the role of oral language, language and word play, learning about letters and sounds, shared reading, interactive read-aloud, and nurturing young writers.

    Number of Days: 3
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $9,000

  • When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works (Grades K–3)

    This 3–day training is designed for all teachers who work with grade K–3 students who find literacy learning difficult (students reading text levels A–N). The text, When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, K3 and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, is required for this training. Topics include:

    • Why readers go off track
    • The 12 systems of strategic actions that lead readers to comprehending and fluency
    • Observing, analyzing, and teaching proficient and struggling readers
    • The language teachers use to support readers
    • How writing can extend the power of reading
    • The role of effective and efficient phonics
    • The role of emotion, motivation, attention, and memory in literacy acquisition
    • Key features in designing effective interventions


    Number of Days: 3
    Participant Maximum: 25
    Flat Fee: $9,000

Phonics and Word Study

  • Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (Grades K–3)

    This 5–day course offers you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the role of phonics in learning how to read and write. The course features:

    • A review of the nine critical areas of phonics and spelling learning
    • An overview of the effective minilessons for use in the K, 1, 2, and 3 classroom
    • The role of phonological awareness in learning how to read and write
    • The role of letter-sound relationships in the reading process and in the writing process
    • Techniques for teaching how letters and words work
    • Designing and planning for effective word study center activities
    • Using students' reading and writing to assess phonics and spelling knowledge
    • A comprehensive spelling system for grades 1–3 and a self-assessment of teacher knowledge about phonics


    Number of Days: 5
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $795 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees and assignment)

  • Word Study: Teaching Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling (Grades 3-8)

    This course examines the rationales and theories underpinning the teaching of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary in an authentic literacy classroom for grades 3–8. You will investigate essential categories of learning and consider ways in which word study fits into a broader language and literacy framework. You will analyze teaching and engage in inquiry that will deepen your understanding of how words work and serve as a set of instructional practices for effective teaching of a range of students.

    Number of Days: 5
    Participant Range: 25–35
    Per Person Noncredit Fee: $795 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees and assignment)

Fees

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training
  • Travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed which will increase training cost and travel expenses
  • Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials, which will be selected by the faculty trainer and the district, based on topics and the district's needs
Questions
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.